Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 2, 2014

Kayakers experience close call

Two uninjured after boat overturns on Tygarts Creek

Lloyd —  Two kayakers had a close call when their boat capsized in Tygarts Creek Thursday afternoon.

A witness on the shore saw the boat in the water  and the men clinging to it and called emergency dispatchers, according to Maloneton Assistant Fire Chief Cody Murray.

Another homeowner downstream also heard the men in the water, Murray said.

Rescue workers with the Maloneton, Lloyd and Load fire departments searched up and down the creek and finally located the boaters near East Tygart Road. The men were initially difficult to locate and at one point officials were considering bringing a helicopter into the search.

When finally spotted, the men, who had two kayaks, had managed to right the overturned craft themselves and had re-entered the stream when rescue workers arrived. The men were uninjured and able to continue on their way.

Murray did not identify the two men, but said both were experienced sport kayakers.

Water in the creek Thursday was above flood stage and out of the banks following several days of rain, Murray said.

Because of high water, the current was swift and in some places treacherous.

Boating in such conditions can be dangerous. “When you’re dealing with flood waters, you’re dealing with stronger currents,” Murray said.

Fire officials recommend staying out of flood water, whether in a boat, a car or on foot, he said.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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